Appreciation…

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I had planned to do a post on an absolutely gorgeous dress I purchased at Zaara, but since I have this photo ready right now I thought I’d go ahead and post this first.  I haven’t worn system layers in quite some time.  Today, I was bumming around my house (low on Lindens, as usual) and I got a group notice from Sweet Distractions saying that anybody who came to the store before 5 pm SLT would get to pick out one free item.  Like I said, I typically stick with mesh, but I saw this little polka dot swimsuit, and I felt a little nostalgic…. Thank you to Tocy at Sweet Distractions for my new bikini.  I haven’t worn a swimsuit in ages, and it inspired me to actually get a little blogging done tonight.  You can’t go wrong with that!

So, with my new swimsuit on and the necklace (that I had been wearing with the dress) from Zaara, I started bouncing around the grid looking for a place to take a picture.  I found the Cave Rua Water Gardens and decided to try out the mirror water tutorial by Strawberry Singh (f0r the first time…).  I am fairly happy with the way the picture turned out, but I also look forward to the next one being better.  So…thanks also to Strawberry Singh

I’m wearing:

Photograph taken by Lizzy Yexil at Cave Rua Water Gardens.

Busy bee…

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It’s been several days since I posted, and I’m sorry about that.  Things have been a bit busy in RL, plus I’ve been low on Lindens and uninspired.  On top of that, It seems like every time I go to take pictures I fall asleep at the computer.  Anyway, I’ll try to get more posts out back to back over the next few days after the shopping spree I’ve just been on.  Yes……it was obscene.

I made the rounds today to the usuals…coldLogic for the dress, Slink for the shoes, Earthstones for the jewelry, Izzie’s for the makeup.  My hair today is the Vibrato hair from LeLutka.  I’ve never owned hair from LeLutka before even though I’ve seen the ‘dos on all the SL fashion blogs.  I just haven’t been moved to go there for hair, but today I gave it a shot.  I’m pleased with the result.

By the way, you aren’t mistaken if you think I look a bit different shape-wise.  I’ve also been tweaking my shape for the last few days.  I only made slight changes to my face, but I am much taller now.  I didn’t like how short I was coming up in photos.  I’ve only been using this shape for about a month, so it’s still experimental.  I had used my old shape for almost the entirety of my time in Second Life, and I just wanted a change.

Sorry for the lazy editing job on the closeup.  We’ve got some weird weather here and I want to get this post done before any bad storms hit.
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I’m wearing:

  • Hair ~ Vibrato (Light Blondes) by LeLutka
  • Lips ~ Geanna Lip Gloss in Melon by Izzie’s
  • Eyeshadow ~ Glitter Eye Makeup in Lemon by Izzie’s
  • Necklace ~ Faye Crystal Necklace in Smokey Topaz by Earthstones
  • Dress ~ Newbury in Lemon by coldLogic
  • Shoes ~ Vintage 2-Strap Pumps in Canary by Slink

Photos taken at Image Essentials by Lizzy Yexil.

Adventures in purple…

04142013-crimarizon-sideAren’t I brave?  These photos were taken at the photogenic Crimarizon.  I wanted something a little dark but unmistakably fantasy and for the colors to pop without creating chaos.

I was wearing something completely different an hour before these pictures were taken, but somehow what I had originally picked out evolved into a boatload of purple – purple lipstick, purple earrings, purple pants, purple shoes, purple hair!  I was fresh out of Lindens, so I was also at the mercy of my inventory (or freebies, which I didn’t use) to put this look together.  I think for my next post I’ll try to put together a color-themed look without spending Lindens as well.  We’ll see.

Every phone I’ve taken lately has been more exciting than the last.  I started this blog intending for it to mostly be fashion and maybe a little bit of sightseeing, and I’ve fallen in love with taking and editing photos in the process.  Yes, I edit my photos, which has probably been obvious.  I have saved the raw photos and intend to get them up on Flickr, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.  I don’t make changes to the integrity of the clothing, and if I do I will let you know.  Most of the photos start out quite dark, so I do some color correction and a little smoothing (blur/iWarp in GIMP).  Either way, I’ll get Flickr updated in the next couple of days.

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I started to put this outfit together with the Oversized Top from ISON (previously @Collabor88), but with the taupe instead of the white, but when I tried to coordinate with other items in my inventory it just turned into a messy clash of different shades of rose and taupe.  I then discovered the Margot Ballet Slippers in Eggplant from Slink unpacked in my objects folder, and after I saw just how wonderfully vibrant and purple they were, I decided to base everything around them instead.  I don’t wear purple very often, so I was a tad shocked by how many goodies I found just by searching my inventory with the word “purple.”

Another treasure buried deep in my objects folder was the Brooks capri pant from coldLogic, (in purple, of course).  The ISON Oversized Top doesn’t come in purple, which would have been overkill anyway.  I chose the white top for contrast.

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I apologize for not providing a full-body photograph facing forward.  As I’m writing this, I just realized that I didn’t even take one.  I may decide to add one later, but it’s 4 a.m., and I just cannot muster it right now.  If there are questions regarding the pieces I’m wearing from the front view, leave a comment or message me in world, and I’ll gladly throw this back on and provide a raw photo for you.

I’m wearing:

  • Skin:  Geanna in Sunkissed with purple eyeshadow and blackberry lipstick tattoos – Izzie’s
  • Mesh Hands and Feet:  Avatar Enhancement System (tinted with Izzie’s Applier HUDs) – Slink
  • Nails:  Slink Classic Nails Applier HUD (hands) – Izzie’s
  • Hair:  Teddy in Elvira (fades pack) – Truth
  • Eyes:  Liquid Light Mesh Eyes (with HUSH lashes in Lush) – Mayfly
  • Earrings:  Copacetic Tallulah –  Maxi Gossamer
  • Bracelet:  Tarnished Gypsy Bangles in Silver/Berry – Earthstones
  • Shirt:  Oversized Top in White – ISON (previously @Collabor88)
  • Pants:  Brooks Capri in Purple – coldLogic
  • Shoes:  Margot Ballet Slippers in Eggplant – Slink

Photos shot at Crimarizon by Lizzy Yexil.

“We thought you were Alice.”

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I made a skin switch.  I updated my Slink feet to use the avatar enhancements, but the skin that I use most often doesn’t have a HUD out for them yet.  In fact, I didn’t have any recent skins from any of the places listed on the Slink Avatar Enhancement System Customer Information page.  So….I just picked a link at random and went to Izzie’s.  Shown is Izzie’s Geanna skin in Sunkissed.  I wish I had found Izzie’s sooner.  I feel so sweet and adorable in this skin.  Now I can stop fussing over tinting my mesh feet.  I was on a bit of a budget after the skin purchase, so I slipped on the Aussie Thongs in White that I bought a couple of weeks ago.

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I hadn’t really had a chance to check out the new items at Collabor88 this month, so I went over there to check things out.  I simply grabbed the first dress that rezzed for me, which happened to be this Mesh Tentacle Dress in Acid Lake by The Sea Hole.  I knew I wanted this dress before I went there…I just didn’t know which color.  I love how clean and flawless this dress is.  Some mesh is just….crap, so it’s always nice to find mesh pieces created with care down to the teensy details.

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The photos featured here were taken at Bubbles in Wonderland.  I was in GIMP with SL running, and upon coming back to SL, I found these two hovering around me.  I said, “Hello,” and the female av said, “We thought you were Alice.”  o.O   ….ANYWAY, I told them I was taking photos and they offered to be in a picture with me.

I’m wearing:

  • Skin ~ Geanna Skin in Sunkissed by Izzie’s
  • Hair ~ Ichigo Mesh Hair in Wild Honey by Wasabi Pills
  • Dress ~ Mesh Tentacle Dress in Acid Lake by The Sea Hole @ Collabor88
  • Feet ~ Avatar Enhancement Flat Feet by Slink tinted with Izzie’s Feet Applier HUD
  • Sandals ~ Aussie Thongs in White by Slink
  • Jewelry ~ Classic Pearls in Golden by Lazuri (Free)

Photographs by Lizzy Yexil on location at Bubbles in Wonderland.

One person’s trash….

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My friend loves Liv-Glam, and I don’t shop there often at all.  I am in the Liv-Glam group, so once in a while I check out the group gifts, but I don’t spend $L there often.  It’s just more her style than it is mine.  She got me to go over to Liv-Glam with her a couple of days ago to snag some group gifts.  The group is $500L to join, so I decided to go ahead and take advantage of my membership.  I grabbed a dozen or so items, and this Claudia Balloon Dress was maybe the third Liv-Glam gift item that I unpacked.  It comes with a HUD with twelve texture options.  I went with the paisley.

I wouldn’t say that I love this dress.  I do find it interesting, and I think that might be even better.  Finding the other pieces to go with it was a little out of the box for me, but it was more fun than meandering around in my usual fashion safe zone.  I may even see what else I can do with all these Liv-Glam things I have now.  Liv-Glam, I apologize, I may have written you off prematurely.

That being said, when my friend saw me with this outfit on, she said, “What is that thing?”  When I said it was one of the things I had gotten at Liv-Glam, and kindly reminded her that she was the one who loved the clothes there, she said, “Well, I don’t like that one.  It looks like you’re wearing a paisley garbage bag.”  Yeesh.

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In addition to my Liv-Glam adventure, I stopped at Dead Apples Little Shop for the first time.  I slapped on some of their Popsicle Gloss (Glosses Pack 2) and slipped on my Hucci D’Ann Pumps in Sugarwalls for a bit of color.

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I’m wearing:

  • Skin ~ Astrali Skin in Mercure by The Plastik
  • Hair ~ Moment by Magika
  • Eyes ~ Autumn Colors – Last Sun by Poetic Colors
  • Cosmetics ~ Ose Eyeshadows in Pink, Doll Blush (1), and Popsicle Gloss (Glosses Pack 2) by Dead Apples Little Shop
  • Jewelry ~ Solar Dream necklace and Lost Eden cross ring from the Golden Pearly Treasure Box by Maxi Gossamer
  • Nails ~ Basic Prim Nails in Pink (10) by Candy Nail
  • Shoes ~ D’Ann Pumps in Sugarwalls by Hucci
  • Dress ~ Claudia Balloon Dress by Liv-Glam

Photographs were taken at Innsmouth.

Branching out…

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I’ve discovered a lot of new things in SL over the last week or two.  Prior to blogging, I mostly went to the same favorite shops and didn’t spend much time sightseeing.  There is so much about Second Life (and about blogging, photography, and time management) that is still very new to me.

I took this photograph on my trip to the Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe and Forest, and I really love this picture.  I don’t typically share much about SL with my boyfriend, who has never been on SL and has gaming addictions of his own (anyone heard of World of Warcraft? lol).  He feigned interest, of course, but I made him look anyway because I was so excited about it.

I’m wearing:

  • Hair ~ Pearl by !Lamb
  • Lips ~ Frost (Pinky w/ teeth) by Pink Fuel
  • Pearls ~ Included in the Golden Pearly Pink Treasure Box by Maxi Gossamer
  • Top ~ Elyse Wrapped Tucked Tank (Floral) by Tee*fy
  • Skirt ~ Twilight Maxi Skirt (Earth) by tulip.
  • Nails ~ Basic French Nails (White) by Candy Nail
  • Pose ~ [Cloud] Sea Parish by Marukin

Sightseeing: Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe and Forest

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I was searching for sightseeing sims the other day and came across the Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe and Forest sim.  I fell in love with the place.  I don’t know that I’ve ever been to a food service establishment in Second Life.  Avatars don’t need to eat, obviously, but it’s still just oh so cute to see all the little food items in the case.  There is also a little camping area, swan-shaped paddle boats, and lots of beautiful scenery.  Photographers, this sim is for you.